|Welcome to Golf Is A Funny Game's funny golf graph section. Today's Entry: Why You're Not Tiger Woods (on the putting green)
There are countless reasons why the average golfer cannot play at the professional level, let alone the Tiger Woods level. Today, we're going to examine
one of the most glaring differences between a weekend hack and a golf pro...putting. More importantly, the ability to putt under pressure situations. For
every recreational golfer who's ever felt their sphincter tighten over a 6 footer to win a couple bucks from their playing partner, imagine trying to make that
same putt with thousands of fans and television cameras surrounding you and a million dollars on the line and you'll probably gain a newfound respect for the
icy calm coolness with which the pros are able to function. Tiger takes that coolness to a whole another level.
Simple Graphs Explaining Why You're Not Tiger Woods (when it comes to putting)
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|As you can see above, you're a great putter when pressure is subtracted
from the equation. When the putt doesn't matter, you're at your best. Put a
little pressure on yourself and watch the numbers start to plummet faster
than Britney Spears' career. Birdie putt? Unless it's a kick-in, the numbers
aren't in your favor. To win a large bet or a match? Yeah right. Just try not
to 3-jack it and lose the match outright.
|Everyone loves to watch Tiger Woods pull out his driver and crush the ball
300+ yards, but it's his touch and skill around the green that truly sets him
apart from the rest of the world. Strangely enough, he's one of the few
golfers that gets better under pressure and I can't remember the last time
he actually missed an important putt on the 18th hole when the
tournament was on the line. He's like Yoda on the putting greens, using
the 'Force' to will his ball into the hole. "Make this putt, I must."
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